Give AL citizens access to qualified, licensed midwives in all settings.
  • Petitioned The Alabama state legislature

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The Alabama state legislature

Give AL citizens access to qualified, licensed midwives in all settings.

    1. Petition by

      Tobie Southall

We are Justin and Tobie Southall. Our first child was born in a Texas birth center because we were impressed with the quality of care provided by midwives. After we moved to Alabama we had to drive almost two hours to Mississippi for the birth of our second child. That’s because the state of Alabama criminalizes midwives who practice outside the hospital!

We were shocked to learn that Alabama limits access to health care options which are freely available in other states. Alabama families who are seeking midwifery care are forced to decide among limited and difficult options. Those who want to deliver with a nurse midwife often find there are none attending births in their local hospitals. Other families must drive out of state in labor to birth with a licensed midwife. Some are able to hire midwives who are willing to risk prosecution for providing professional care at a home birth. Still others are left to birth alone because they cannot drive out of state and cannot find a midwife in their area.


It’s time for Alabama to pass laws that give its citizens access to qualified, licensed midwives in all settings. We are asking our elected representatives in Montgomery to recognize the need for access to midwives in the setting each family determines is most appropriate for them.

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    • Tala Craig HUNTSVILLE, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      I want to have a natural birth at home with a midwife. No Hospitals and No Medicines!

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    • jean sawyer MOLINO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      my granddaughter is studying to be a midwife, she is dedicated, and will make a wonderful midwife

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    • Allison Goines OPELIKA, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      If I have a right to abort my baby, then I have a right to decide where and with whom in attendance I will deliver my baby. The person who I chose to assist me in this most sacred of events should NOT be penalized.

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    • Lena Gauntt NEW MARKET, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      Birth is a natural process and I believe women should have the right to choose!

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    • Ann-Marie Koch RAEFORD, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      As an Huntsville, AL native, an aspiring midwife, and a mother of 2 children born in Army hospitals assisted by midwives, I whole-heartedly support this bill!

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